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Queen visits Tower of London's sea of poppies

Fascinating: The Queen, who also led the D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations, has long been a supporter of British military charities

 

The Queen has paid tribute to British and Commonwealth First World War dead by visiting a unique poppy memorial commemorating their sacrifice and laying a wreath. Surrounded by a sea of red ceramic poppies in the former moat of the Tower of London, the Queen laid her own floral tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. With almost all of the 888,246 poppies now in place, the Queen was rendered almost invisible as she walked through the sea of ceramic crimson blooms during a tour of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London today. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, himself a former naval officer, Her Majesty looked sombre as she inspected the display which includes one flower for every British or Commonwealth soldier killed during the First World WarThe Queen was making her first public appearance since returning to London from her summer holiday at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire last month, with much of the last fortnight has been spent completing a series of investitures and meetings at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh has also been enjoying a busy time of late and last week delighted the men of the 7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers when he joined them in the cockpit of an Apache helicopter. But, like the Queen, the Duke was sombre as he inspected the installation.

The installation will remain on display until the 1tth November, after which the poppies will be sold off for £25 each to raise funds for military charities such as Help for Heroes and Combat Stress. By then all four sides of the ancient dry moat that surrounds the fortress, built by William the Conqueror, will be blanketed in a sea of scarlet. The very next day, the same army of 8,000 volunteers that planted them will begin to uproot each bloom individually - before sending it off to be washed and posted on to its new owner. There had been fears that that recent rains would make it impossible for the 88-year-old monarch and her husband, 92, to traverse the waterlogged moat but both insisted on viewing the instalment in person. 

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and by Armistice Day on November 11 there will be 888,246 ceramic poppies planted, one for each British and Colonial death during the conflict which began 100 years ago. Mr Cummins, who met the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to the Tower, said: "I was inspired to create this installation after reading a living will by an unknown soldier who we think may have been from Derby. I approached theTower as the ideal setting as its strong military links seemed to resonate. The installation is transient, I found this poignant and reflective of human life, like those who lost their lives during the First World War. I wanted to find a fitting way to remember them."

Incredible: The Queen can just about be seen at the foot of the Tower's walls, surrounded by a magnificent sea of ceramic poppies

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and by Armistice Day on November 11 there will be 888,246 ceramic poppies planted, one for each British and Colonial death during the conflict which began 100 years ago. Mr Cummins, who met the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to the Tower, said: "I was inspired to create this installation after reading a living will by an unknown soldier who we think may have been from Derby. I approached the Tower as the ideal setting as its strong military links seemed to resonate. The installation is transient, I found this poignant and reflective of human life, like those who lost their lives during the First World War. I wanted to find a fitting way to remember them."

Stage designer Tom Piper helped Mr Cummins make his vision a reality along with a team of 8,000 volunteers who installed the flowers. "We didn't just want regimented rows of poppies, so the installation is like a sea with waves and peaks and troughs. There are poppies tumbling out one of the windows and over the bridge. It really brings it to life." Each individual poppy, which varies both in shape and height, ranging from 30 cm to a metre, takes three days to make from start to finish. Mr Cummins has had a team of 40 volunteers working on making the flowers in his studio in since January. So far more than 670,000 poppies have been planted - and more than 700,000 sold. The poppies are available to buy for £25, with ten per cent of the money raised going to six service charities: CobseoCombat StressComing HomeHelp for HeroesSSAFA and the Royal British Legion.

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It was the Second Round of the Tilling Trophy last night at the Oxshott Bridge Club; this is the premier Pairs Competition to determine the Top Pair at Oxshott for 2015 and will be played on the third Wednesday of seven months up to April 2015; the Pair who scores the best total positions over four of those Rounds will be crowned the Tilling Champions for 2015!! After two Rounds, it is worth noting that Jonathan Spring & John French have made an outstanding start by coming First in each of the first two Rounds. Clearly they are the target for everyone else to aim for............but there is still plenty of time for your Pairing to star!!?? The Competition Tables will be reset to reflect the new Club Year during the next four weeks after the Annual General Meeting when the prizes for 2013-14 have been presented. You will then be able to see clearly the Standings in the Tilling Trophy for 2014-15 by clicking on the Tilling Trophy League Table tab in the Competitions section. Watch out for this change in the next few weeks!! You can read the Report on Wednesday evening's play by clicking on the "Competitions" tab in the Menu to the left of this box and click again on the "Competition News" sub-Menu.

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Meets at Oxshott Village Centre, Holmwood Road, Oxshott KT22 0QL
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Gail Norman announced at the Club Night on Wednesday 16thJuly 2014 that the Committee of Oxshott Bridge Club had discussed the problem of “Unauthorised Information” and she requested Members to be particularly careful not to inadvertently contravene the Rules of Bridge. You can read four Articles on the "Facts" about "Unauthorised Information" and of three recent International Scandals by clicking on the "Unintentional Information" button in the Menu to the left of this box.
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